6th Grade Social Studies Syllabus –Rebecca Millhench
Geography & Culture
Lesson 1.1 – Geography Skills
Identifying different map types and apply basic map reading skills while interpreting and using maps for
comparison of countries and world regions.
Lesson 1.2 – The Five Themes of Geography
Introduction to the Five Themes of Geography as tools for applying geographic knowledge.
Lesson 1.3 – Comparing World Regions
Develop the concept of regions and use maps to locate and compare major world regions.
Lesson 1.4 – Defining Culture and Cultural Regions
Define culture and culture regions and describe traits and institutions common to all cultures.
Lesson 1.5 – Differences and Similarities Among World Regions
Find the similarities and differences between and among various world regions based on cultural
Lesson 1.6 – Regional Conflict and Cooperation
Identify and explain examples of conflict and cooperation between and among regions or groups within a
Lesson 2.1 - Physical Geography and Culture of Europe
This lesson focuses on the physical geography and culture of Europe.
Lesson 2.2 - Physical Geography and Culture of Russia and The Eurasian Republics This lesson focuses on the physical geography and culture of Russian and the Eurasian Republics.
Lesson 2.3 - Physical Geography and Culture of North America, Middle and South America This lesson focuses on the physical geography and culture of North America, Middle and South America.
Lesson 2.4 - Physical Geography and Culture of Southwest Asia and North Africa This lesson focuses on the physical geography and culture of Southwest Asia (Mid-East) and North Africa.
Lesson 2.5 - Physical Geography and Culture of Sub-Saharan Africa
This lesson focuses on the physical geography and culture of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Lesson 2.6 - Physical Geography and Culture of South Asia
This lesson focuses on the physical geography and culture of South Asia.
Lesson 2.7 - Physical Geography and Culture of East and Southeast Asia
This lesson focuses on the physical geography and culture of East and Southeast Asia. .
Lesson 2.8 - Physical Geography and Culture of Australia and the Pacific Rim This lesson focuses on the physical geography and culture of Australia and the Pacific Rim.
Lesson 3.1- Major Historical Cultures
Locate major historical cultures and how geography affected their development
Lesson 3.2 - Significant Individuals
Discover significant individuals and groups from ancient cultures and identify their accomplishments and contribution.
Lesson 3.3 - The Origins of Government
Discover basic government terms and apply the terms in historical context. Discover the origins of democratic thought in ancient cultures.
Lesson 3.4 - World Religions
Understand the historical and cultural foundations of the world's major religions in the context of ancient
Lesson 3.5 - Ancient Culture Contributions to Art and Science
View some of the artistic and scientific contributions of ancient cultures and the effect of those contributions on contemporary society.
Lesson 3.6 - Contemporary Regions in Ancient Sites
Study contemporary regions and countries that are located on the sites of ancient cultures and explore how those ancient cultures have affected life in the contemporary world.
Lesson 4.1 - The Middle Ages
Understand the order that emerges out of chaos following the Dark Ages and the Fall of the Roman Empire in 476 to 1000 AD and continue through the later Middle Ages from 1000-1500 AD
Lesson 4.2 - Life In the Middle Ages
Study feudalism as an economic and social as well as a cultural system. It helps students explore the economic and cultural roles of individuals in feudal society in Europe.
Lesson 4.3 - The Power of the Catholic Church
Study the power and influence of the Roman Catholic Church as a political, economic and social institution in Medieval Europe.
Lesson 4.4 - Changing Economics
Understand the transition from simple economics to more complex market economies during the Middle Ages.
Lesson 4.5 - Rise of Nation-States
Identify the need for strong nation-states to deal with the complexities of more advanced economies
throughout Europe and the known world.
Lesson 4.6 - Connections to the Contemporary World
Develop an understanding of the connections between the influence of the Medieval period upon
contemporary cultures in Europe.
Products of Culture
Lesson 5.1 - Artistic Expression Within Cultures
Understand the relationship that exists between artistic, creative and literary expressions and the societies
that product them.
Lesson 5.2 - A Renaissance Example
Realize the importance of artistic expression in analyzing a culture with the major emphasis on the
Lesson 5.3 - Scientific Innovation & Discovery
Identify and describe scientific and technological advances of the Medieval/Renaissance period.
Lesson 5.4 - Technological Advances in Today's World
Recognize how geographic, economic, political and cultural decision-making influences the development of science and technology in the contemporary world.
Lesson 5.5 -The Impact of Scientific Innovation
Understand how past artistic, scientific and technological advances influence contemporary culture.
Organizing Economic Systems
Lesson 6.1 - Economic Systems
Recognize how societies move from traditional to more complex economies, organize for the production
and distribution of goods and services, and answer the basic economic questions.
Lesson 6.2 - Economic Interdependence
Understand economic concepts of scarcity, economic interdependence, and trade among societies and
regions of the world.
Lesson 6.3 - Factors of Production
Define and describe the factors of production and levels of industry. Evaluate the effects of the factors of production on levels of productivity in cultures, past and present.
Lesson 6.4 - Indicators of Economic Activity
Define the indicators of economic activity and apply those indicators to selected contemporary countries.
Lesson 6.5 - Analyzing Levels of Economic Development
Use the indicators of economic development and compare contemporary world nations and regions.
Organizing Political Systems
Lesson 7.1 - Limited Governments
Identify the characteristics of limited or democratic governments and the reasons for their limited powers.
Lesson 7.2 - Unlimited Governments
Identify the characteristics of unlimited or totalitarian and non-democratic governments and the need for perhaps limiting those governments.
Lesson 7.3 -Comparing Governments and Political Systems
Examine and compare examples of limited and unlimited governments in contemporary society.
Lesson 7.4 - Participatory Citizenship
Recognize what roles, responsibilities, and opportunities exist for citizens in the United States and other
Lesson 7.5 - Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship in a Democracy
Recognize the balance that exists between citizen rights and responsibilities in a democratic society.
st21 Century Issues
Lesson 8.1 - Cultural Borrowing & Interactions
Examine cultural borrowing and interdependence among countries of the world.
Lesson 8.2 - Human-Environment Interaction & Technology
Understand the impact of human-environment interaction and innovations in science and technology in
Lesson 8.3 - Analyzing an Event--Current Events in Action
Develop skills to analyze and interpret events as described in written text.
Lesson 8.4 - Global "Hotspots"
Examine and analyze significant current events and the areas of the world in which these events are
Lesson 8.5 - The Changing World
Recognize the "changing world" in which we live and examine and summarize the relationships that exist
between and among world cultures as well as hypothesize about future issues.